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Summer Heat Buster: Go Camping!

In the current location of casa de phillips we are on our 27th consecuative day of 100+ degree temperatures.

There was a slighty possibility that on Tuesday of this week we might not hit the predicted 105 degrees due to cloud cover. People across our metro area were cheering the heat on, hoping that the record would not be broken by one day of 99 degrees (Why? you may ask….well if you have endured 24 days of hot weather one might as well keep going and attempt to break a record). Fortunately the clouds broke by late afternoon and we quickly soared above 100 degrees once again. By Saturday it will officially become the second hottest summer on record.


Attempting to burn off entertain energetic children in this heat requires the use of all my creative energies some days. I do not want the kids growing up thinking the only way to survive summers in our area is either by shopping or swimming.

I also do not want to be outside when it is 104 degrees and a level orange ozone alert.

The solution to our problem on Monday was to go camping.

In our front living room (*)

(One of the best decisions we have made with this house was to leave the front room relatively bare.  Technically, it is supposed to be a formal living room. Currently, it holds a piano and a reading spot. Other than that is an open space that the kids can transform into anything. )

To go camping at home, first instruct your campers to pack while the tent is being constructed. I reminded my campers that one can only bring so many things into the great outdoors (thus limiting the amount of excessive toys we had to put away at camps end).

Once camp is established, time to unpack and get cozy.

As night began to fall (created by me slowly choosing certain blinds to close in the room), we made a campfire.

Our grumbling stomachs told us it was time to eat something, so we roasted marshmallows.

The boy and I both love really roasted marshmallows, which I achieved over our gas burners.

We settled into the tent with our provisions and read several library books about camping.

Soon it was night time and everyone snuggled down in their sleeping bags. I had made these cute firefly jars earlier in the morning to serve as nightlights (TIP: I used washable paint so the jars could be repurposed)

Morning in the great outdoors came quickly, allowing everyone to play in the tent.

Happy Camping!

“Mom, I’m Bored!” Places to visit in Dallas to combat summer boredom

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The month of July is settling in and the activities that held children’s attention at the beginning of the summer are starting to lose their spark. The normal go-to sources of entertainment such as local zoos, community pools and activity centers have been exhausted. Temperatures are rising, patience is wearing thin and everyone is starting to feel just a bit of the summer stir-crazies. Children are starting to whine “I’m bored.” before they even finish their morning bowl of cereal and moms only line of defense is  the haughty comeback of “Only boring people get bored.”

The result of this exchange: A grumpy family before the clock has a chance to reach eight o’clock am.

No fear, mothers. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to a vast amount of places that will provide countless hours of entertainment for those restless children. Cries of “I’m bored!” will quickly transform into “Mom, you’re the best!” as everyone enjoys taking part in some of these fun, unique activities.


Cowtown Wake Park


Would you love for your kids to learn how to wakeboard or wake skate, but do not have access to a boat or a lake? No problem. Cowtown Wake Park offers kids the chance to learn a variety of water sports in a safe, contained environment. Utilizing a cable system, Cowtown Wake Park provides kids and adults with the chance to enjoy summer water sports without having to be pulled behind a boat. Located on an artificial five acre lake off the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Cowtown Wake Park is the family’s answer to unique outdoor summer fun. Summer camps, birthday party packages and individual teaching are all available.


Fall Creek Farms in Granbury


Summer is the perfect time to stock the kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fall Creek Farms in Granbury, TX (about a 30 minute drive from Fort Worth) allows families to come and pick their own fresh fruit. Berry picking season is already closed but their peach crop is ripe and ready for eager harvesters. This farm hosts over 500 peach trees on their property. Visitors can tour the orchard on a tractor-pulled trolley, stopping to pick whatever peach appeals to them. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm pick times.


Adventure Day Camps on Lake Grapevine


Many mothers believe if they have not signed up their children for summer camp before the beginning of July, then it is simply too late to do so. Not the case with Adventure Day Camps. Adventure Day Camps is a camp for children ages 4-13, hosted on the banks of Lake Grapevine. Parents can sign children up for summer-long camps, week-long camps, one day camps or even 1/2 day camps. Campers learn a variety of outdoor skills and games including archery, camping, Frisbee golf, kayaking and swimming. Arts and crafts and games such as treasure hunts are also offered. Day camps run now through mid-August.


Texas Geocache Challenge hosted by Texas Parks and



Have a GPS device and kids who love a good treasure hunt? Then the Texas Geocache Challenge is your family’s answer to combating summer boredom. Geocaching a popular type of treasure hunting where families us a GPS device to help them find treasures (Known as “caches“) hidden by others. This summer the Texas Parks and Wildlife commission is getting in on the geocaching craze and have hidden a large amounts of caches throughout Texas. Participants can search in their local area or canvas the entire state in search of these caches. Their website has detailed information, including printouts and directions for how families can get started on this challenge. The great thing about geocaching is that the whole family, regardless of age and size, can get in  on the fun.


Dinosaur World in Glen Rose


Glen Rose, TX is the tourist place for dinosaur enthusiasts. Dinosaur World, an outdoor museum, will not disappoint the Glen Rose visitor in search of some dino action. Dinosaur World has 22 acres, filled with over 100 life-sized models of dinosaurs for families to discover and inspect up-close. Children will enjoy the daily dino dig, a place where they can become paleontologists for the day and search for treasures (which they get to keep!). Rather than hitting the hot, crowded amusement parks this summer step into the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs at Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, Texas.


Summer Theater

Dallas/Fort Worth is home to many children’s theater companies. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy theater with the family and support local children’s performing arts. Many of these companies offer low pricing ($5!) and a variety of child-friendly show times. Some current summer productions include Cinderella, Mulan, Seusical the Musical, Dora the Explorer LIVE! and Pinkalicious. Have a performer in the family? A lot of these companies also offer summer camps for the aspiring thespian.

Local children’s theater companies include:


Step out and enjoy these unique summer boredom busters that DFW has to offer!




The Boredom Buster Jar

It was 104 degrees here at Casa de Phillips on Friday.

One hundred and four degrees.

Can I get a big ol “UGH!” from all of you moms out there attempting to entertain kiddos despite rising temperatures?

One thing we are about to incorporate here at our home is the “Boredom Buster Jar.” This jar will be filled with scraps of paper, each one holding a fun activity to bust us out of our boredom rut. I am thinking of having two jars, one filled with individual boredom buster actitives and another filled with family boredom buster activites.

Interested in making your own “Boredom Buster Jar”?

Here is a list of activities to get you started:

  • Host a bike and trike wash
  • Go for snow cones
  • Make fresh lemonade
  • Play a board game
  • Build a fort in the living room
  • Draw a map of the neighborhood
  • Study an artist and recreate a famous painting
  • Make s’mores
  • Turn on the outside sprinklers
  • Make leaf rubbings
  • Paint with corn syrup and food colors
  • Bake cookies for a local fire station
  • Have family movie night
  • Perform a random act of kindness
  • Make a book
  • Write a letter/draw a picture for a relative out of state
  • Cut up an old greeting card and make a puzzle
  • Blow bubbles outside
  • Make a movie
  • Create a terrarium
  • Catch fireflies
  • Put together a time capsule
  • Read a chapter book together as a family
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Host a paper airplane contest
  • Volunteer
  • Picnic in the living room
  • Make homemade play-doh
  • Trace your hand and then turn it into something else
  • Transform the driveway into a sidewalk chalk art gallery
  • Paint rocks
  • Have an indoor treasure hunt
  • Skype a friend
  • Have a “theme” day (PJ day, pirate day, princess day)
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Take a nap (Mom’s Favorite!)
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